5 Amazing Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout!

Hey Davey,

I’m 19 years old and I used to be really comfortable with my body. However, when I started University nearly 2 years ago I have put on some weight. I think this was due to all the alcohol, junk food and fast food that’s associated with students. I have an exercise bike and a couple of weights. However, I just completely lack motivation to do any exercise. After about 10 minutes of exercising, I find myself exhausted. I was just wandering if you have any tips on how I can motivate myself to do more exercise?

Thanks so much!

374115_312531762152820_819806811_nDear Andrew,

Every now and then, some of us need that extra kick in the butt to get us moving.

The truth is, getting started and making exercise part of your routine is the hardest step. That’s because, as human beings, we are resistant to change. And integrating exercise into our lives means shifting around priorities and schedules; it means making real changes. To help get through this initial period, motivation is essential.

Here are a few motivation techniques that have worked for me:

  1. Ask yourself, “Why is this important?” All of us have our reasons for exercise. Maybe you want more energy. Or better health. Or to look a certain way. Whatever your reason, let this drive you forward. If you want it bad enough, it’ll get you moving.
  2. Think about how you feel after you exercise. Sure, exercise is difficult and sweaty. But after a workout, you always feel great. There’s a tremendous sense of accomplishment and pride - knowing that you challenged yourself and did something great for your body. You know that exercise will make you feel great, so do it!
  3. Do it for your body. Every day, you take in 24,000 breaths and your heart beats more than 100,000 times. Your body works tirelessly to sustain your existence. Your body has given you so much; it’s time to give back. With hundreds of muscles and 360 joints, there’s nothing your body craves more than movement. Honor your body by giving it the gift of exercise.
  4. Do it because you love your family and friends. There are two parts to this. First, exercise extends your life expectancy. As you embrace a healthier lifestyle, you’ll live longer. That means more times with friends, family, nieces, nephews and so on. Second, regular exercise provides a number of benefits (like more energy, better health, improved focus, etc.) that allow you to be the best version of yourself. When you are the best that you can be, you have so much more to offer the people around you.
  5. It’s great “me” time. All us have busy schedules or work, family, friends, personal commitments, appointments and so on. But we also need personal time to recharge and to invest in ourselves - and exercise is a great form of that. It’s an unselfish way to prioritize yourself.

There’s good news, too. Eventually, committing to regular exercise gets easier as it becomes your new routine. For me, it’s a habit. I wake up, brush my teeth and then head to the gym. More than being motivated, I’ve created a habit - and habits are much easier to keep.


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  1. Thank you that was really helpful. 🙂

  2. Aside from the excellent points Davey has made, I’ve found sometimes getting friends involved is a good way to stay motivated. Getting a joint membership at a gym has helped keep me motivated. I can get my “me time” on days that I want or I can call up a friend to come with me. Having a friend might encourage new exercise routines so you don’t get bored doing the same thing over and over again. It also helps to have someone else to cheer you on when you’re trying to push yourself to new levels. It can help make going to the gym less like a chore and make it more of a hang out session, which in turn could get you to the point where the hang out sessions are the “habit that is much easier to keep”

  3. Dear Davey
    I am 26 and I am fat and flabby….. Will I ever look good shirtless? Lol sorry to be so dramatic but do you have any tips on reducing sagging skin from weightloss? Thanks in advanced


  4. I actually have the same issue of not being motivated to work out at home and yet somehow I’ve maintained a steady mountain bike/cycling routine of several miles 2-3 times a week. I think it’s because it’s outdoors and the fresh air and sunshine makes a difference. I’m still surprised at how well I’ve kept up the schedule.

  5. In my opinion lasting motivation comes down to finding your ‘why’, if you’re only working out to try and impress a third party such as a friend (or girl) you’re going to do well for a little while but you’ll eventually lose motivation.
    Find a compelling why (to better your health, to improve your athletic abilities for your chosen sport) etc. and you’ll be on the path to success.


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